November 10th Program
Trisha Tousant
Tamica Fricks
Brovary Ukraine Teens Visit
     In observance of Veteran's Day on November 11th, Bob Canfield will give a special invocation.
     Last summer, a group of teens from our Sister City, Brovary in the Ukraine, visited our community.  Trisha Tousant and Tamica Fricks will share the behind-the-scenes story of how the Rockford community showed up to host the Ukrainian teens.
     Trisha Tousant has been engaged in the Y movement for 23 years. Moving to the region in 2011, she brought her passion for the Y mission and service to others, as well as her expertise in program and leadership development.
     She currently serves as the COO at the YMCA or Rock River Valley and as a volunteer in organizations throughout the region.
     Tamica Fricks serves Rockford's youth as the Teen Director at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA. She is a native of Rockford and has served at the YMCA for over 8 years.
     Tamica's passion for helping our youth reach their goals and fulfill their potential is evident in her work not only at the Y, but also as founder of the Kendel Sherman Foundation. 
     This will be an interesting and informative program and one you will want to invite a guest or prospective member to join us in person or via Zoom.  Mike Foreman will introduce our speakers and act as Rotary host.
November 17th Program
Mid-term Election Analysis and Implications
     As is our tradition, we have invited Dr. Ron Lee, who is the Chair of the Political Science Department at Rockford University, to give us his analysis of the Mid-term election and some of the implications we might expect.
     Dr. Ron Lee is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Rockford University where he has taught for more that 15 years.  He has also taught at Keith Country Day School for more than 20 years.  
     Ron received his BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 1991.  He received his MA in Political Science (Specialization": Political Theory with a Concentration in Classics) from Boston College in 1993.  In 1998, he was awarded his Ph.D in Political Science from Boston College.
     Ron also has a Rotary connection.  He was a member of the District 6420 team to Germany.  Also on that team was Abbie Reese who is an author and film maker.
     This will be a great chance to invite friends or prospective members to join us in person at Memorial Hall or via Zoom.  Dr, Eric Fulcomer will introduce our presenter and act as Rotary.  This will most likely be your last chance to say goodbye to Dr. Fulcomer who will be moving to Madison for his next career opportunity. 
Exchange Student Host Families
Host Families Needed
     Rockford Rotary will host an inbound student from a foreign country NEXT school year (2023-24).  The student will attend RPS 205 and be hosted locally by 3 families.  Host families do not have to be Rotarians.
There may be other children in the home, but it is not necessary.
     Host slots are from Mid-August to about Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving to about Easter and then from Easter until they depart in July. 
     Jim and Linda Nelson have hosted 3 dozen kids and would be happy to meet with interested parties.  Please reach out to Jim.
Upcoming Service Projects
Upcoming Service Projects
     Rockford Rotary has several opportunities to serve our local area and people around the world!
     Please join us as our motto is SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
     - Northern Illinois Food Bank Community Market, Friday, November 11, 12:30-3:00 PM.
     - Gifts for Riverbluff Nursing Home Residents: We will be given names and suggestions for gifts for as many people as we want. If you and your family are interested, please contact Lynn Momberger, or Becky Rundquist, More information to follow.
     - Salvation Army Bellringing: Saturday, December 3, 11-7 (2 hour shifts) at Schnucks, 6410 E. State St. OR Saturday, December 17, 11-7 (2 hour shifts) at Farm and Fleet, 7300 E. Riverside, Loves Park.
     - Holiday Food Drive – more information to follow.
     - Possible cold weather clothing drive.
Social Events
Sunday, December 11, 3:30 pm we will have a tour of the Laurent House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for a Rockford family who had a wheelchair-bound father! The tour will cost $20 and will be followed up with drinks and appetizers. More info to follow.
Tinker Tour
Tinker Tour
     On Friday, October 21st, a number of Rockford Rotarians and guests were given a tour of Tinker Swiss Cottage by the Executive Director, Samantha Hochmann, who was in a period costume because she had been interviewed earlier.  It was an interesting and very informative tour and we learned a lot about Rockford history.  Afterwards we had lunch and conversation at Ernie's Midtown Pub on 5th Avenue.
Camp Winnebago
Camp Winnebago
     The kids from Montessori and Barbour were at Camp Winnebago this last week.  They are participating in an activity called "crate stacking".  This young man did 15 with the help and encouragement of his teammates.
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Lisa Capriotti-Angileri
November 10
Elizabeth Dickinson
November 11
Rosemary Collins
November 16
Suzanne Berger
November 18
Kathy Kwiat-Hess
November 20
Paul Logli
November 20
Tom Scoville
November 21
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Linda Niemiec
November 6, 1997
25 years
Michael Foreman
November 11, 2021
1 year
Denny Johnson
November 14, 1985
37 years
Tom Clabough
November 21, 2002
20 years
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